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Department of Art History,

Aesthetics & Culture

and Museology

The Department of Art History, Aesthetics & Culture and Museology is one of nine departments at the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. The department conducts degree programmes in the fields of art history, aesthetics and culture, aesthetic communication, visual culture and museology, including the professional Master's degree programme MA Curating, which is conducted in English.

There are about 25 permanently affiliated teachers and researchers (professors, associate professors and assistant professors/postdocs), as well as a number of external lecturers. The department also has about 15 PhD students.

The researchers at the department work with researchers from other departments in the two cross-disciplinary research programmes: Cultural Transformations and Mediality, Materiality and Aesthetic Meaning, and in the following research projects: The Democratic Public Sphere, The Contemporary Condition, Posthuman Aesthetics, and Literature between Media.


The departmental staff contribute actively to the following research groups:

The departmental staff are often used as experts in the media on issues relating to art, museums, aesthetics and culture, sound and auditive culture. They also present lectures to the general public to spread the results of their research.

The image at the top of the page: © Christian Salling & Peter Ole Pedersen, Digital Audiobooks, Routledge 2016.  


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Upcoming events at the department

Fri 18 Jun
13:00-14:00 | Kasernen, Building 1589, Room 249
Repetition Trouble: A Picture Atlas of the Girl from Penelope Boothby to Greta Thunberg
Inquiries into the Political and the Aesthetic (IPA) are happy to announce the next PRAXIS study group with Jakob Rosendal, postdoc at KØN – Gender Museum Denmark and Aarhus Universitet, who will share his work on the picture atlas as a research tool. The PRAXIS study group is an open forum for discussing, exploring and testing different analytical and practical research methods and approaches together with fellow researchers.